46 years later George A. Romero completed his 1975 psychological horror The amusement park, the once-lost film will finally come home. Following a 4K remaster and re-release by IndieCollect in 2019, the film will now be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital media. Alongside its arrival on physical media, a host of new feature specials totaling over 100 minutes explore the making of the film by those who worked on the long-lost project, their family members and industry veterans.
The Lutheran Society originally commissioned The amusement park as an educational film highlighting the horrors of growing old in the United States. The film centers on an elderly man played by Lincoln Mazel, who quickly becomes bewildered as he is beaten, robbed, ignored, and humiliated in the titular park, realizing the mistreatment elders like him constantly endure as they simply try to get on with their lives. The park’s roller coasters and crowds serve as chaotic allegories for how the world is too eager to ignore the older members of society. Often considered one of Romero’s most imaginative films, it served as a showcase for the director’s signature style following his success with night of the living dead and Crazypeople, among others.
Written by Walton Cook and directed by Romero, fun To park was originally screened at the American Film Festival in New York in 1975 before being shelved and seemingly lost forever. In 2017, however, a copy of the film was discovered, saving it for future restoration by IndieCollect. After the 4K version premiered in October 2019, the film was later picked up by Shudder, providing widespread access to the film.
Considering the age of the film, creating the special features was a feat in itself. With featurettes and commentary, including an assistant cameraman Michael GornickPresident and Founder of the George A. Romero Foundation Suzanne Desrocher Romeroand Bonnie Hinzmanthe late cinematographer’s wife Greg Hinzman, among other things, the team behind the home release made every effort to onboard anyone who was in or around the film. Also seen in special features is the legend of horror Greg NicoteroPresident of IndieCollect Sandra Schulbergand author Daniel Kraus who further break down the film and discuss Romero’s legacy.
The amusement park will be coming into homes everywhere in the near future. Check out the full list of special features and watch the Shudder trailer below.
- Audio Commentary with Michael Gornick
- Reopening of the “Park” with Suzanne Desrocher-Romero
- Bill and Bonnie’s Excellent Adventure with Bonnie Hinzman
- For your amusement with artist Ryan Carr
- Interview with Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Sandra Schulberg, Greg Nicotero and Daniel Kraus hosted by Samuel Zimmerman of Shudder
- THE AMUSEMENT PARK Official brochure
- THE AMUSEMENT PARK Script
- Behind the scenes photo gallery